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Apply for an American ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)

Passport holders from the following nations traveling to the United States are eligible for the visa waiver program.

Nationals of the Visa Waiver Program do not need a visa to enter the United States. Still, they must first acquire travel authorization approval from US Customs and Border Protection.


Czech RepublicDenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGermany
New ZealandNorwayPortugalRepublic of MaltaSan MarinoSingapore
SlovakiaSloveniaSouth KoreaSpainSwedenSwitzerland
Taiwan [1]United Kingdom
[1] With respect to all references to "country" or "countries" in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that "[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan." 22 U.S.C. § 3303(b)(1). Accordingly, all references to "country" or "countries" in the Visa Waiver Program authorizing legislation, Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187, are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States' one-China policy, under which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.




Any applicant should be required to meet the following requirements to apply for electronic authorization.

  • The applicant must be a citizen of one of the nations listed above for the visa waiver program.
  • The applicant should not have a current visiting visa.
  • The applicant's travel time should not exceed 90 days.
  • Visiting the United States should be done for business or pleasure.

Applicants for whom the ESTA applications are valid for two years or until the expiration of the present passport, whichever occurs first. Within this allotted approval period, applicants receive numerous submissions.

For each entry, the applicant is permitted to stay in the US for 90 days. However, the Immigration Officer may, in some circumstances, limit a visitor's stay in the US to fewer than 90 days after their arrival.



Requirements for ESTA applications

To apply for an ESTA, applicants must meet the standards below.

  • Must be a member of the Visa Waiver Program (refer to the table above)
  • Genuine Passport
  • Information on the applicant's contacts
  • Information on the applicant's employment



Process Duration

The ESTA typically takes 24 to 72 hours to process. However, permission will often be given within one working day. Occasionally, it could last for a longer time.

Therefore, candidates must submit an ESTA application as soon as a trip to the United States is scheduled under the Visa Waiver Program.



When to apply for New ESTA

Generally, ESTA is applied to the below scenarios

  • Alteration of Passport
  • A Name Change
  • Alteration of Nationality
  • Change of Passport Information


If any of the abovementioned changes occur, the applicant must submit a new ESTA application.


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